The Theology of Thought Leadership Pierce Brantley July 25, 2018

The Theology of Thought Leadership

There are many types of thought leaders in the world.


…Deepak Chopra

…the guy at the gym who just discovered plant-based protein.

Just to name a few.

And no matter your knowledge niche, there is always someone ready to give you their two cents, regardless of whether it pays to heed it.

Which leaves us with a question: In all of the noise, how do you sift out the good advice from the bad?

For leaders, this is an especially important question. Namely because whatever we consume, we clone in others.

Hebrews, the Bible’s big book on faith, gets us started. The crux of the principle we’ll look at is in verse twenty-four:

and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
Hebrews 12:24

It’s a bit of an odd verse. But here’s the meat (without the Matt Redman):

Two men died.

And both in a similiar way.

Violently. Unjustly.

The difference, however, between these two men, was in their nature.

Abel’s death, as tragic as it was, could only speak to humanity’s fallen nature. There was nothing redeemable about him dying. It was evidence of eternity without God. But that’s about it.

Christ’s death, on the other hand, proclaimed the power of God. His blood (Jesus’), had better things to say about life (spoiler alert).

His blood backed him up. It gave His words weight.

Once, before his crucifixion, Jesus had this to say about it:

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
John 10:10

Up until His resurrection, people had to take this kind of statement on faith. It was an extension of experiencing Him in the streets and synagogues. After the grave, however, His blood spoke a better word.

In other words, His resurrection had rhetoric. Because He spoke to what He knew.

This is important. People speak to what they know.

A person may be a bright speaker, and educated on many things, but if they don’t have or know the nature of Christ, they can only speak from a human hope. Nothing else.

You cannot speak to that which you do not know. You cannot guide where you have not gone.

In life, there will be many thought leaders, videos, and podcasts…a plethora of all kinds of content available for you to consume. Many of which are worldy, wise and well-meaning. But if their nature is that of a dead man, be prudent. They may be an expert on every kind of “dead work” under the sun…their advice will not benefit a man in the land of the living.

There is a better word. But you can work on yours here.

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  • Reply
    July 26, 2018, 1:54 pm

    Hello Pierce, I was just wondering about the Abel’s reflection you mentioned from Genesis and how his dead was tragic but nothing to redeem for humankind, which I agreed on, but, the second part when you wrote ”It was evidence of eternity without God. But that’s about it” were you referring to Abel or Cain? Because I don’t believe in the “fallen nature” because it is not written in the Bible but manmade ideology, and I do believe Abel was saved and has been up there in heaven ever since,!
    I hope to hear from you soon, and thank you in advance, God bless ????????

    • Reply
      July 26, 2018, 2:36 pm

      Hi Raquel, great question and thank you for clarifying. To your point, there is some reason to believe that Abel is in heaven based on what we understand of the role that sacrifices played in the first covenant. Genesis 4:4 also mentions that the Lord “looked with favor on Abel and his offering.” This doesn’t prove anything outright, of course, but it does hint that Abel was in good standing with God. “Eternity without God” is just the overarching theme that only Jesus’ blood provides lasting redemption.

      When I say “fallen nature,” I’m simply referring to what Romans 3:23 says: “All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.

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